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April 2020: Traveling Sustainably

Sydney Harrison (Reporter)

Be mindful of your actions while traveling!

Traveling has become one of the biggest industries in the world. Although it is on the downhill due to COVID-19, we're bringing you these tips to practice once we are able to travel casually again. Who doesn’t love to travel with your besties, family or significant other? But, in 2020, we need to be more mindful of our actions. One way to be more mindful of our actions is to travel sustainably. Traveling sustainably is easier than you would expect and would possibly save you money in the long run. One way to be more sustainable while traveling is to fly non-stop. This may sound kind of backward, but most of a plane’s carbon emissions come from take-off and landing. Obviously traveling through alternative methods, like a bus or train, would be better if your flight is shorter than three hours.

The best way to travel around a new city is by walking or even acting like a local by taking public transportation. You can really get the feel of the city through this method! Plus, you could possibly end up saving money using the transportation system or walking around. Walking around not only gives you your daily exercise, but also gives you a look into the city.

Bring reusable products by opting for reusable items instead of plastic ones that you will throw away after. By bringing a reusable water bottle, you’ll be saving tons of plastic water bottles from landfills. Most airports and hotels have water dispensers that you can fill your reusable bottle up. Reusable toiletries are another way of saving your money in the long run as well as helping keep plastic out of our landfills and oceans. There are tons of new inventions such as toothpaste tabs that come in a reusable container or micellar water to remove makeup. Instead of bringing small sizes of your shampoo, conditioner, lotions and washes, opt for more reusable containers that you can continuously refill after use.

Another way to travel more sustainability would be to bring clothes that you don’t mind wearing more than once. If you absolutely need to wash your clothes, take advantage of your hotel’s services. Make sure to use cold water! Speaking of laundry, if you’re staying in one place for a long time, opt to keep your towels and sheets for a while instead of changing them every day. Ultimately, do the best you can at re-wearing items.

No one is perfect at "being sustainable," but it’s important to try. 2020 is the year we need to turn around and be mindful of our actions, whether that be with our interactions or with sustainability.

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